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Recent draft picks fill St. Louis Blues Fall 2014 Top 20

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Photo: Ivan Barbashev returns to the Moncton Wildcats in 2014-15. He was selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

While Jake Allen has enjoyed a long run as the St. Louis Blues’ top prospect since Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz graduated, the time has come for the young goaltender to pass the torch. The key additions to the Fall 2014 Top 20 include the Blues’ top two picks from the 2014 NHL Draft, Robby Fabbri and Ivan Barbashev. As new players make their way onto the list, others like Yannick Veilleux, Petteri Lindbohm and Sergei Andronov have been forced to take a back seat in the latest edition of the Blues’ Top 20.

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2014-15 Liiga Preview, Pt. 1: Player losses may prevent Karpat from repeating

by Tony Piscotta
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Saku Maenalanen - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and Nashville Predators prospect Saku Maenalanen was a key performer for Finland in that country’s run to a gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The 2014-15 season in Finland‘s Liiga will be an interesting one if only for the absence of long-time Helsinki club Jokerit, which bolted the league to compete in the KHL. Vaasa Sport, which finished second in Mestis last year but won back-to-back championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12, moves up to fill Jokerit’s spot in the 14-team league. Read more »

Campbell, Honka top Dallas Stars Fall 2014 Top 20

by Mike Farkas
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Photo: Jack Campbell helped lead the Texas Stars to a Calder Cup championship in 2013-14. He was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

With already one of the league’s finest prospect pools, the Dallas Stars left the 2014 NHL Draft with the first bluechip defensive prospect they have had in quite some time. In all, four 2014 draftees make the list, three of which man the blueline. After such a defense-heavy draft, the prospect pool is becoming more balanced and deep at all positions.

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2014-15 KHL Prospect Preview: Prokhorkin, Buchnevich head solid group of NHL-drafted Russians

by Alessandro Seren Rosso
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Nikita Tryamkin - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg defenseman and Vancouver Canucks prospect Nikita Tryamkin was the Canucks’ third round selection at the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The KHL’s seventh season is underway and it will most likely be yet another interesting season to watch for several reasons, spanning from the always-fertile production of the Russian hockey schools to the acquisition of top Finnish team Jokerit Helsinki. Read more »

New faces populate New York Rangers 2014 Fall Top 20

by Leslie Treff
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Brady Skjei - New York Rangers

Defenseman Brady Sjkei leads the 2014 Fall Edition of the New York Rangers top 20 prospect list. Skjei was picked in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

Six new players have been added to the New York Rangers top 20 prospect list this fall. Those include four players drafted in June and two that were signed as free agents since last spring.

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Beaulieu, Tinordi lead Montreal Canadiens 2014 Fall Top 20

by David Thicke
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Nathan Beaulieu - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is one of several prospects who will be competing for a spot in the Canadiens’ NHL lineup this fall. (courtesy Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Montreal Canadiens‘ management team added more players to their prospect pool which reduced their weakness and only strengthened their balanced mix. Through the recent draft selections and free agent signings of Jiri Sekac and Daniel Carr, the team really improved the depth and filled in more of the gaps in the farm system.

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Turnover and restocking brings new faces to Florida Panthers 2014 Fall Top 20

by Brian Fogarty
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Aleksander Barkov - Florida Panthers

Photo: Forward Aleksander Barkov is poised for a breakout sophomore season with the Florida Panthers. Barkov was the second overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

 

After a year in which several prospects left the Panthers system, the summer brought new faces to Florida. Among them is the first overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, Aaron Ekblad, a towering, talented defenseman who could be just one of several prospects earning full-time NHL roster spots this fall.

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Goaltending prominently featured in Boston Bruins 2014 Fall Top 20

by Richard Murray
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Malcolm Subban - Boston Bruins

Photo: Malcolm Subban is one of several strong goaltending prospects in the Boston Bruins system. Subban was picked in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

 

The Boston Bruins have turned to some of their young guns like Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and others to jump into the lineup and produce right away. With the Bruins’ current cap troubles, there is a good chance that top prospects like David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, and Alexander Khokhlachev will be to do the same.

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Virtanen, Demko new top prospects in Vancouver Canucks Fall 2014 Top 20

by Larenzo Jensen
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Lethbridge Hurricanes v Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Jake Virtanen was a point-per-game player for the Calgary Hitmen in 2013-14. He was the sixth overall selection of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

 

For all intents and purposes, the 2014 NHL Draft table was a flurry of activity for the Vancouver Canucks and had immediate impact on their top 20 prospects. They were, amongst other areas of improvement, able to draft arguably their best left winger in 15 years and their best goaltender in 10 years.

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Ottawa Senators 2014 Fall Top 20 bolstered by offseason trades

by Peter Morrow
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Curtis Lazar - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Forward Curtis Lazar had a strong 2013-14 season, managing 41 goals in 58 WHL games. Lazar was picked 17th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

The lack of a first round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft hurt the Ottawa Senators, but the arrival of two forward prospects via trade helped generate some excitement. Acquired from the Dallas Stars as part of a package deal for Jason Spezza, OHL forward Nicholas Paul is a player on the rise, poised for a breakout year in 2014-15. Fellow new arrival Alex Guptill, on the other hand, is looking to rebound back to elite form after a forgettable final season with the Michigan Wolverines.

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